Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents



Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents


Reports arrival of 10 letters and discusses cables sent and received. Glad to receive news as was anxious about him over the summer with the intense heat. Writes of recent heatwave that had now ceased. Writes she understands reason for delay in letters and how weary he is off restrictions. Comments on his situation and glad that parcel had arrived. Says she will send another pair of shoes in next parcel and dicusses the ones she already sent. Comments on numbers of letters she sent.




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Two page handwritten letter


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[inserted] Five cables in August 1/9/12/18/21/- [inserted]
[inserted] 176 [/inserted]
[underlined] 75 [/underlined]
[inserted] 24-9-42 [/inserted]
191 Halifax Rd.
Nelson. Lancs.
Monday a.m. Aug. 31st/42.
My dear Douglas.
About an hour ago the post-man brought ten letters from you dating from June 5th/15/20/23/27/30. July 2/5/9/14/ & on Saturday one July [deleted] 19 [/deleted] 17th. You can imagine my joy to receive all this news. I sent a cable to you on Saturday with a prepaid reply for 6/- acknowledging the letter of July 17th & two cables sent August 1 [deleted] 9 [/deleted] [inserted] 18th [/inserted] & x 20th (18th & 20th) & both received here on the 21st one in the morning & the other in the evening. We are thankful indeed to have all this news from you as I have been particularly anxious about you during the summer months. It is a great relief to learn that you have not suffered unduly from the intense heat. By this time no doubt you will be enjoying much cooler weather. Last week from Wednesday to Saturday we had real summer weather, but the heat was terrific & very trying after such a cool wet summer. During Saturday night there was a terrific change & yesterday was really cold again & we were thankful to see a fire. The rain fell in torrents until tea-time & now this morning everything hangs damp & heavy – a typical autumn morning.
Well love it is grand to read all your letters but my heart is sad too as I read between the lines the reason for the delay in your letters in early June. I know only too well how weary you are of the restrictions. I just keep on praying that you may have patience & courage for the day
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of liberation which will bring new life to all of us. I am glad to learn of your grand companion from Wales & that you have the comfort of a degree of privacy in your small room. I suppose Tony & Jimmy are two of your party. But I have not known the name of the other one – a young Petty Officer I think you said. Well love your letters written in June tell of eager anticipation of the arrival of the parcels. It must have been a very weary wait until August 12th & I am so glad that [inserted] the [/inserted] small parcel arrived intact. It will be a great joy to learn that the other Red Cross parcel arrives safely as it contains things you really need. I will send another pair of shoes in the next parcel or would it be wiser to await your acknowledgement that the shoes sent are all right. I told you at the time that they were exactly like those you sent back home, only size 7, the others being 6 1/2. It’s wonderful how all the letters except No 11 have reached you. This morning I find I’ve made a bit of a muddle in my index. The last date is Wed. Aug 19 No 72. Last Monday Aug. 24th I wrote to you & posted the letter at Cornholme. I went over to see Mrs Banks for two hours. Letter No. 73. No 74 was written & posted at the pillar box up the road here on Friday afternoon after my journey to town in terrific heat. So I hope that the sequence remains unbroken. I should like you to write to Mr Allan Jaffe & [underlined] Sons [/underlined] Ltd. 101 Princess St. Dad called at the office one day in the summer but did not see anybody. We had a letter from Mr Tatham from Colwyn Bay. He said he had a letter from you & seemed delighted. Goodbye love once again. Always a little nearer the great glad day. All our love & thoughts & prayers.
Mother & Dad.
755052 Hudson
Camp Militaire
Laghouat. Algerie.



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